2012 is off to a good start, and I’m getting ready to go on tour in Europe. I’m pleased to welcome my new assistant Nisreen, who started dancing with me in NYC many moons ago, and will be back in the Big Apple very shortly! For more about Nisreen, scroll down.
For those who want to reach me over the next few weeks for arrangements for shop purchases, upcoming workshops or sponsorship inquiries, you can email Nisreen at email@example.com and she’ll be happy to help directly or to pass the word along to me. Shop orders fulfillment may be delayed for about a week after this Monday, so if you are thinking of ordering something, do it today!
Hope your year is also going well, and I hope to see you at one of these upcoming events if I’m in your part of the world.
Mailing List Updates
This newsletter goes to everyone on my list and has international as well as national and local event info; I send out fewer of these (about one per month). If you are not in the New York metro area and only want main newsletters like this one, just say so! We’ll be happy to update you. And of course, you can unsubscribe or change your preferences at any time.
Upcoming NYC Events
OUTI OF CAIRO EGYPTIAN DANCE TECHNIQUE BOOT CAMP
Outi, a delightful, clear and knowledgeable teacher of Egyptian dance, comes to us from Cairo, where she has lived and worked since 2005. She is killer on technique, and was a big hit when she taught in NYC in 2008. We are thrilled to have her back for some “Outi Boot Camp!” Outi and workshop participants will also perform in two different shows on Sunday, January 22, and Wednesday, January 25.
SAVE THE DATE – NYC REDA TECHNIQUE INTENSIVE
Ranya’s only teaching weekend in town this winter! Ranya will teach workshops on Reda technique, combinations, and choreography creation (including how to adapt Reda style to your own choreographies–for dancers and dance teachers!) on Saturday, February 18, 3:30-6:30pm, and Sunday, February 19, 11am-3pm at 440 Studios, 440 Lafayette Street, just below Astor Place in the East Village. More details to come in the next newsletter or for the NYC workshop info email list.
A show at the Lafayette Grill with Scott Wilson’s band Efendi is planned for Sunday, February 19. Performance slots will be available for workshop participants. Ranya will also be able to teach lessons on Monday, Feb. 20, Presidents Day.
Online Baladi Coaching Group
Details are now available for online baladi coaching! Click here to learn more. A small group of people per class will call in together to a conference call line (check with us for inexpensive call options if calling internationally), watch each other’s videos, and get personalized feedback from Ranya. This will be a fee-based class, with attention to your needs and issues – like a long-distance semi-private lesson and study session in one. Here’s what participants in the pilot session we did in November are saying: “It was so good to spend some time with other dancers that are serious and thoughtful about what they are doing.” “I think that this is a terrific idea and makes high quality dance training available to those of us who aren’t surrounded by experts in easy (affordable) traveling distance.”
We are currently working out the scheduling for this series around Ranya’s complex travel schedule. If you are interested in joining, please send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with Baladi Coaching Group in the subject heading. Join the Ranya Renee Baladi Video Study Group on Facebook to get updates on scheduling and plans.
January/February International Events
LONDON, UK Thurs. January 26
Ranya performs at world-famous showcase Planet Egypt, organized by Anne White. Click here to RSVP to the Facebook event page. Ranya will also be available for private and semi-private/small group lessons in London Tuesday through Friday – contact her at email@example.com for details. Click here for more info.
PARIS, FRANCE February 4
Theatrical Intensive Day – en français – with Ranya, Anasma, Souraya Baghdadi, and Assia Guemra. Contact Anasma for registration info; visit the Theatrical Bellydance site for more about our work. Click here for more info.
Ranya’s International Schedule: 2012
WINNIPEG, MB, CANADA March 6-7
Sponsored by Au Set.
VICTORIA, BC, CANADA March 12
Specialty workshop sponsored by Pamela Ball.
RAKKASAH WEST FESTIVAL, RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA March 15-18
Ranya teaches and performs at Rakkasah West festival in the Bay Area – workshops on Friday afternoon & Sunday morning.
MIAMI, FLORIDA March 24-25
Workshops and show sponsored by Alexandra and Art of Bellydance.
FREDERICK, MARYLAND April 27-29
Workshops and show sponsored by Sitamun.
TORONTO, ON, CANADA May 2-6
Ranya will be a featured speaker and performer at the International Bellydance Conference of Canada (IBCC). Her group will also perform.
PERTH, AUSTRALIA June 1-4
Teaching and performing in Australia for the first time at WAMED Festival.
CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND June 9-11
Ranya’s New Zealand debut, sponsored by Zumarrad.
CALL TO SPONSORS – ASIA
Ranya is available to teach in Asia or on the US West Coast in mid-late June, en route back from “down under.” Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with interest.
BUTTE, MONTANA September 14-16
Workshops weekend sponsored by Suzan and Copper City Beledi.
NYC Area Classes Update
FLUSHING YMCA, FLUSHING, QUEENS
Nisreen took her first bellydance class with Ranya in 2004 at the Greenpoint YMCA and has been shimmying ever since! Since 2007, she has been living, working, and dancing in Minnesota, Ohio, and Texas. This year, she returns to NYC and looks forward to sharing the breathwork gospel as Ranya’s new assistant. Help inaugurate her new Facebook account by friending her.
Hope to see you at an event soon! Happy dancing…